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Old 05-23-2010, 02:37 AM
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Some of the media no doubt will do so but most of the media and the public will realise that as this was the Middleton's business before Kate walked down the aisle then they can't be having a conflict of interests but it does raise the issue of Kate's suitability from a class standpoint - Diana's family had land and tradition to support them but Kate's are self-made so no doubt there will be a lot of snobbery from the media and unfortunately many in the public as well.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:33 PM
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Hey -- anyone know where Kate Middleton hangs out because I could have sworn I just saw her having lunch at a pub -- hiding in the corner behind her friends. It was in Kensington -- the pub on St Albans Grove.
you should have asked her...
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:34 AM
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The 'princess' and the tat: Waity Katie's family sells official England World Cup merchandise | Mail Online

Kate Middleton's family is trying to cash in on the World Cup by selling official England merchandise.

The family-run business won approval to sell the goods from the Football Association, which boasts Prince William as its president.

The move will again raise questions as to whether the Middletons are exploiting their 28-year-old daughter's romance with the second-in-line to the throne.
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:54 AM
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Any decent company at this time in a country which has made the World Cup finals would be selling this stuff - where is the problem?
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:03 AM
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^any opportunity to get website traffic out Kate is too good to pass up.

Non-story if there ever was one.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:51 AM
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Fully agreed, just something to try and sell more papers with.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:18 PM
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Any decent company at this time in a country which has made the World Cup finals would be selling this stuff - where is the problem?
Just what I was thinking, just because it is Kate's parents company the DailyMail feel it is worthy of there decorative writing skill.
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Old 06-20-2010, 02:49 AM
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Where did you get that hat, Mrs Middleton? ...well, that¿s just what elegant, well-connected daughters like Kate are for | Mail Online (20/06/2010).
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Old 06-20-2010, 03:40 AM
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Chelsy went to Ascot this week, so she hasn't been in Africa.
They never thing, that maybe they each have one?
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:45 PM
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I don't know what other thread might be better for this.

It's Kate's apt, the one in Chelsea her parents bought, but I don't even know if she still lives there.
Where Kate Middleton lived, or still lives? on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:53 PM
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Here in the states, what does it matter what Kate's background is?? But in GB, her background is of interest. Especially since she may be the mother of a king. This whole drawn out "engagemet" must be a financial drain on Kate's family.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:37 AM
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Here in the states, what does it matter what Kate's background is?? But in GB, her background is of interest. Especially since she may be the mother of a king. This whole drawn out "engagemet" must be a financial drain on Kate's family.

Why must if be a financial drain? They can afford to have sent her to expensive schools and to university and to employ her in her 20s. If they couldn't afford this then they would have insisted that she work outside the family firm.

There is no engagement as yet and until there is an official announcement there won't be one so even to assume any sort of engagement at this stage is jumping the gun.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:51 PM
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Kate Middleton's brother and get-rich-quick firm facing City inquiry | Mail Online

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Kate Middleton's brother is embroiled in an investigation by the City watchdog.
The Financial Services Authority is 'conducting active inquiries' into an investment company where James Middleton, a close friend of Prince William, works.
The 23-year-old's previous commercial experience has been limited to running his own cake making company.
But the future king of England's putative brother-in-law is now a business development manager for the Essex-based company - which promises incredible profits for investors.
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An opportunity for another media de-construct...

A reader must reach the second-last sentence of the article to discover the nature of James Middleton's association with the company:
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Mr Middleton only became involved in the company in June this year, and works on a part-time basis assisting in the development of the company.
Mr Middleton is not formally employed by Forestry for Life
...which sets him at some distance from the article's headline and opening sentence:
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Kate Middleton's brother...facing City enquiry
Kate Middleton's brother is embroiled in an investigation by the City watchdog.
...whereas the truth is that James Middleton is not facing an enquiry, is not "embroiled", and is not being investigated.

There are some examples in this article which illustrate how stories can be constructed with a mixture of fact, irrelevancies, juxtaposition, half-truths and cliches:

Actions by the Financial Services Authority ("urgent forensic investigation", "formal investigation", "court order freezing Forestry for Life's assets") sound very serious but are preceded by "if...may...could" and therefore purely speculative.

The Mail considers the fact that James Midddleton "has holidayed with William and...Kate" significant. However, its placement between "going to court for an order freezing Forestry for Life's assets" and "employed by a company being scrutinised by the FSA" is an unsubtle attempt to place a fact or event within a negative context and thereby colour the event itself. Call it manipulative juxtaposition or negative framing, or just plain irrelevant.

James's claimed "appetite for self-promotion" looks to be on the lean side when stood up against the two examples provided: a two year-old interview in Hello! about his cake business and a newspaper article from early 2010 where he "spoke of his passion for baking". The statement that such "self-promotion" has "set alarm bells ringing" neglects to tell the reader with whom the bells are ringing and appears more a tired cliche making up for lack of substance.

It's also reasonable to ask why, if James has such an "appetite for self-promotion", it's taken the Mail two months to discover where's he's working.

Whatever one makes of "Kate Middleton's brother...facing City enquiry", there is one certainty:
If there is nothing untoward with the business operations of Forestry for Life, the Mail won't be presenting that news in the same manner as it has presented the current story.
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Oh dear, didn´t the cake business work out?
By the way is he really a close friend of Prince William or is it that his sister is?
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:34 AM
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The cake kits now form part of the Party Pieces product range.

Here are the cake kits in all their glory: the cake kit range.


The make a fairy cake kit doesn't appeal to you Wisteria?

I'll take the make a lion cake kit
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That fairy cake is absolutely out of this world. I can´t wait until next year and my birthday. Yes, you should be fine with the lion cake, being given the ability to make a lion is quite out of the ordinary.
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:24 PM
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While there are lots of anti-Middleton articles in the tabloids, especially in the Daily Mail, the Middletons have found their niche in the sugar mags, especially HELLO. They have done several HELLO exclusives, eg James for his bakery, introducing Pippa as socialite and not to forget Kate during her sisterhood project.
Needless to say that HELLO isnt getting tired of presenting the family as "hardworking" and "normal" and a perfect match for William, suggesting that a wedding is a done deal, citing "close friends" praising their attitude and mentioning their family business between the lines countless times.

They know how to influence and they have never hesitated to go for it, when they get the chance, subtile enough not to annoy the Royal House, of course. Because the masterplan is to get that ring what takes priority above everything.
You have evidence of course that the Middleton's who are running businesses ran to the press and said 'do a story on us because our daughter is Kate and she is dating the heir to the heir to the British throne.

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Did the press approach them?

Unless the Middleton's approached the press they aren't using the press but rather the press are using the Middletons'.

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Agree totally - the current nearly 20% out in the general sphere republicans will grow exponentially when Charles and Camilla become the King and Queen - whether is will be enough to overthrow the monarchy who can tell.
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You have evidence of course that the Middleton's who are running businesses ran to the press and said 'do a story on us because our daughter is Kate and she is dating the heir to the heir to the British throne.

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Did the press approach them?

Unless the Middleton's approached the press they aren't using the press but rather the press are using the Middletons'.
The press have no benefit in promoting the Middleton's business.
The Middleton's on the hand do benefit from it.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:20 PM
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The press have no benefit in promoting the Middleton's business.
The Middleton's on the hand do benefit from it.

The press are in the business of selling themselves and nothing else. If stories about the Middleton's weren't selling then the press wouldn't be printing them. It isn't the Middleton's who are using the press but the press who have found a topic that people are prepared to pay for and thus they are using the Middletons.

Yes the Middletons are also benefitting but would the press be interested in writing about the Middletons if the press weren't making lots of money from these stories.

If their evidence of the Middletons being paid for these stories or is it the press seeking out the stories to run because the public are buying them?

I have asked for evidence of the Middletons using the press and the only comments back have been that the Middletons are benifiting but there has been no evidence of the Middleton seeking out the press to have them write stories - that would be the Middletons seeking our and using the media rather than the media using the Middletons.

All I seem to see is that people want to believe the worst of the Middletons and not put the blame where it belongs - the medias determination to make a sale to the public and write what sells.
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